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New CMS high school causing traffic headaches in southwest Charlotte – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — The newest high school in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools opened Monday, but its already causing frustration for drivers in southwest Charlotte.

Several viewers reached out to Channel 9 sharing their experience in the backup along Highway 49 in the Steele Creek area near Palisades High School.

“Traffic was not the best part of the morning, but I’m pretty sure after a couple of weeks it will get better,” said Tecola Callabrass, a mom with a student at the school.

Palisades Park Elementary School has been in the area for years, but with the introduction of the new high school next door, 1,700 more students are now headed to class along the stretch of Highway 49.

From Chopper 9 Skyzoom we saw the intersection near the high school packed with cars as students were dropped off for the first day of classes.

“I sat in traffic, but I know we’ll be working on that,” Lenora Shipp, a member of the CMS Board of Education said on the first day of school. “I live in the community and it took over 30 minutes to get here.”

Much of the traffic is commuters from York and Gaston counties coming across the Buster Boyd Bridge inbound to Charlotte.

The high school has warned students and parents to arrive at school as early as 6:30 am even though the school bell doesn’t ring until after 7 am.

School buses have a separate entrance to the school to alleviate some of the traffic, CMS said.

Department of transportation officials told Channel 9′s Gina Esposito they have no plans for resolving the headaches along the stretch at this time.

Traffic Team 9′s Mark Taylor monitors the commute for you every morning, including around Palisades High School, beginning at 4:30 am

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